AA claims SA car makers put price above safety

The Automobile Association's (AA) second annual Entry-Level Car Safety Report revealed some shocking results in terms of safety standards of these vehicles.

Automobile Association spokesperson , Layton Beard says the cost of car crashes in SA is estimated at R160 billion annually.

He says in South Africa it seems safety factors are overlooked and price is the main focus. This is why some of SA's most popular cars are considered too unsafe to be sold elsewhere in the world, he adds.

The AA tested KIA Picanto, Hyundai i20, Toyota Yaris and Nissan NP300.

Read: Buying on a budget? Safety features aren't up to scratch on cheap cars, says AA

Hudyai i20 got a three-star rating and the same rating for child occupancy, but in Europe this car has a four-star rating.

Layton Beard, Spokesperson at Automobile Association

The Toyota Yaris has got a three-star rating here but a higher rating in other markets. In other markets, it has 7 airbags and in South Africa only has two.

Layton Beard, Spokesperson at Automobile Association

The Nissan NP300, I think it was a shock for a lot of people. When you look at the frame of that vehicle after the crash it was completely crumpled and there is a very high likelihood that the driver and the front passenger will not make it.

Layton Beard, Spokesperson at Automobile Association

Obviously, in South Africa, there is a lot to be done in terms of safety on vehicles.

Layton Beard, Spokesperson at Automobile Association

Our concern as the AA is that these standards are too low and they have to be improved.

Layton Beard, Spokesperson at Automobile Association

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